Muharram: Govt mulls suspension of cellular services, motorcycle riding in Balochistan

Published: November 21, 2012
Home Department of Balochistan says step will be taken in view of security concerns. PHOTO: FILE

Home Department of Balochistan says step will be taken in view of security concerns. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Suspension of cellular services and riding motorcycles on the  7th, 9th and 10th of Muharram in Balochistan is being considered, Express News quoted sources as saying on Wednesday.

According to the Home Department of Balochistan, this step will be taken in view of security concerns and that the suspension will take place in eight districts of the province, including Quetta, which were declared sensitive.

Earlier, the Balochistan government announced that it had finalised security arrangements for mourning processions on 7th, 9th and 10th of Muharram.

Home Secretary Capt (retd) Hussain Durrani had said that over 5,000 policemen and 21 platoons of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) would be deployed in the provincial capital alone.

Durrani had affirmed that in case the federal government directed the suspension of cellular services or imposed any other ban in Balochistan, then the provincial government would comply in letter and spirit.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • ZZQ
    Nov 21, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Why cant the processions be taken out in a safe and secluded space out of the city to protect life and property and avoid creating undue pressures???

    When will the religious fraternity let logic and sense overcome emotions!


  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Nov 21, 2012 - 10:11PM

    Instead of bringing misery to the two Crores of people the Govt should suspend the Processions due to the Security Environ. Putting the lives of ordinary citizens,Police & Rangers at Risk. Can the Govt gurantee complete & Foolproof Security. Its time for the Religious Parties to put their Heads together & think.


  • long live pakistan
    Nov 24, 2012 - 5:40AM

    Hope government and all the intelligence start thinking on restricting the majallis and ashura processions in a safe and restricted area … that would really be beneficial for the whole country. that the only solution to curb the worsen security crises in the country.


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